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ten·ant / ˈtenənt/ • n. a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord. ∎  Law a person holding real property by private ownership.• v. [tr.] (usu. be tenanted) occupy (property) as a tenant.DERIVATIVES: ten·ant·a·ble adj. ( formal )ten·ant·less adj.


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An individual who occupies or possesses land or premises by way of a grant of an estate of some type, such as in fee, for life, for years, or at will. A person who has the right to temporary use and possession of particular real property, which has been conveyed to that person by a landlord.


Landlord and Tenant.


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tenant XIV. — (O)F., sb. use of prp. of tenir hold — (with change of conj.) L. tenēre, rel. to tendere stretch, TEND2; see -ANT.
Hence tenantry XIV.